IRS Picks Former Executive for Post Overseeing Tax Audits

The Internal Revenue Service chose John Dalrymple, a former executive with the tax agency, for its number-two job, a position where he will oversee audits, the annual tax-filing season and the tax-exempt organizations office that led to controversy this year.

Dalrymple will become deputy commissioner for services and enforcement on Sept. 16, the IRS said today. Steven Miller, the last permanent holder of that job, left the IRS earlier this year. President Barack Obama pushed out Miller, who was then also acting commissioner, after the agency apologized for its extra scrutiny of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Dalrymple worked at the IRS for 31 years before retiring in 2006. His last position at the agency was as deputy commissioner for operations support, overseeing the back-office functions of the 90,000-employee IRS.

“During John’s three decades at the IRS, he gained a wealth of first-hand expertise and experience in areas he will be leading,” Danny Werfel, the acting IRS commissioner, said in a statement. “His insight and knowledge of the IRS will be an asset to help keep our core tax operations running smoothly.”

Obama has nominated John Koskinen, the former chairman of Freddie Mac, as IRS commissioner. The Senate Finance Committee hasn’t scheduled a confirmation hearing for Koskinen.

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